Paratroopers Save Sick Baby on Sailboat Adrift at Sea

Emergency medics made a dramatic rescue when a 1-year-old fell ill at sea.
3:00 | 04/07/14

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our nation's weather coming up. Emergency medics parachuting in to save a sick baby on stop of a sailboat. Martha Raddatz with that story and, Martha, so many questions about what that family was doing out there in the first place. So many questions this morning, George. This rescue was as harrowing as they come. High seas, howling wind, a disabled sailboat and sick baby girl which meant the military to the rescue. The national guardsmen parachuting into the frigid waters of the pacific. Their mission, to save this baby. And this morning, 1-year-old lira Kaufman and her family are safe and heading back to land. The family is exhausted but out of any imminent danger or harm. Reporter: A satellite distress call was received from her parents Thursday night. Their 36-foot sailboat dead in the water. That call launching the massive operation to reach the stranded vessel 900 miles off the coast of Mexico. A four-person pararescue team parachuting into the pacific ocean to reach the baby girl seen here on this 2013 sailing trip. She was suffering from a high fever and what looked like a life-threatening rash. The pararescue team stabilized her before the entire family was transferred to the "Uss Vandergrift." It's now under way towards San Diego, California. Reporter: According to the family's blog, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman along with their two daughters sailed from San Diego two weeks ago to attempt an around the world journey aboard "The rebel heart" but their trip sparking criticism on the family's Facebook page, one calling them irresponsible parents. Another writing, how selfish to jeopardize the lives of their tiny and helpless children. But overnight, the pair releasing this statement -- "We prepared as well as any sailing crew could. We are proud of our choices and our preparation." It's a good lifestyle. I've been on their boat. I have, you know, spent time with them and it's a great thing for those girls to experience. The family's boat has now sunk along with everything on it but this was, indeed, a very rescue. Everybody is very happy. The baby was saved but I don't know about you, but when I have children by a swimming pool I'm nervous. I don't know how they could do it. Martha, thanks very much.

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